How Much Must the Agency Pay to Reasonably Accommodate Me?
The Rehabilitation Act / ADA –
This is a very interesting question indeed! When it comes to reasonable accommodation the agency must accommodate you with an accommodation that is effective but not necessarily the best accommodation.
In other words, if you are deaf and you require an interpreter you cannot necessarily chose your favorite sign language interpreter or the sign language interpreter service and you cannot necessarily chose the best online interpreter product. As long as the interpreter is competent and can provide you with accurate interpreter service the agency has done its duty.
The key phrase to look at here is whether the agency can claim that accommodating you is an undue hardship. If so, they do not need to accommodate you. But what does an undue hardship really mean? I recommend looking at: the EEOC’s own web site and search for Enforcement Guidance: See Enforcement Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Number 915.002, October 17, 2002.
Stay tuned … more on what the EEOC considers an undue hardship in the next post…I know you can’t wait!
If you believe you are disabled, want to find out if you are disabled or if you have a need for a reasonable accommodation and want to find out whether your agency is obligated to provide you with a reasonable accommodation please feel free to contact the Law Offices of Eric L. Pines, PLLC at 832-533-3242 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.